Congress

Debt Ceiling Hypocrites


It’s always disturbing when members of Congress display ignorance of how legislation works. Republicans promise their voters that if elected, they’ll rein in government spending. The first problem is, they don’t know how it works. The second problem is, they’re all liars and hypocrites.

For most Republicans in Congress, funding the government is like a toilet. The big guys in the GOP understand how it works, but they lie about it. It’s the minions beneath them that don’t understand, and their party doesn’t need them to. They just need to vote how they’re told to vote. So when they say they’re going to fix the problem of government spending, they can’t fix it because they don’t even understand how it works.

Enter the toilet analogy. Republicans know how to flush a toilet, those that are actually housebroken. A lot of the white supremacist MAGA insurrectionists left poo in the hallways of the Capitol, so toilets may be the wrong analogy here. But, let’s say they know how to take a dump in a toilet with a few even knowing how to wipe themselves. But, they don’t know how it works. If it’s broken and they try to fix it, they’ll eventually end up calling a plumber which brings this back to being a good analogy because most plumbers are more qualified to serve in Congress than the likes of Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, and Marjorie Taylor Greene. Though, most plumbers have to deal with less shit than the walking feces that is Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, and Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Fun story that’s also gross (I’m sorry. Did we already pass gross?): I had a housemate for a few months a few years ago and one day he clogged the toilet and left it. When I found it, much to my horror, he was outside with his loser friends smoking cigarettes. I told him he clogged the toilet and then he said something that infuriated me. He said, “There’s a plunger next to the toilet. You know how to use it, right?” I replied, “I’m not sure. Do I hold it by the wooden handle when I’m beating the fucking out of you with it?” Whatever there was of our relationship deteriorated even more that day, but I did not plunge that toilet. He was also a racist Klansman wannabe (even they didn’t want him) which I didn’t find out until after I had moved in. That situation only lasted six months which was still too long. We got into a fight, he went to jail, and when he got back, I was gone. I love living alone now.

Anyway, Republicans are now barking that they’re not going to raise the debt ceiling unless they get massive cuts to programs they hate. They’re claiming that raising the debt limit increases spending. It does not.

The debt ceiling was created in World War I so Congress didn’t have to vote on every bit of spending requested by the Treasury Department, but still have some control. But Congress, which is the branch of our government that appropriates spending, has to add to the national debt constantly to meet our obligations for stuff like Social Security and Medicare. And let’s not forget the over $800 billion we spend every year on our military. Basically, raising the debt ceiling is what keeps the government’s lights on.

The money has already been approved by Congress. The debt ceiling is an increase in the legal limit on how much the federal government can borrow to pay for what it has already bought. If this sounds ridiculous and stupid to you, it’s because it is.

The White House says they will not negotiate on the debt ceiling and quite frankly, they shouldn’t have to. This spending has already been negotiated and fought for. Congress has approved it. What Republicans want to do is negotiate over what Congress has already approved. It’s bad faith.

Republicans are threatening not to raise the limit which will force the federal government to default on its obligations and even decrease our credit rating, which it did when Republicans shut down the government during the Obama era.

That brings us to hypocrisy. Republicans don’t hold the debt ceiling hostage when there’s a Republican in the White House. Since there have only been two Republicans in the White House over the past 30 years, Bush W. (two terms) and Trump (one term because he lost like a big fat orange loser), the GOP only had 12 years to engage in this budget terrorism since 1992.

Republicans shut down the government during the presidencies of Clinton and Obama and now they’re about to do it under Biden. Trump himself shut the government down during his single term (only one because he lost like a big fat orange loser) demanding Congress fund his wall. They never did and he buckled and agreed to Nancy Pelosi’s budget because she wouldn’t let him give the State of the Union address until he did. I bet if McCarthy tried that trick on Biden, it wouldn’t work. Presidents don’t have to give the State of the Union in person (they can send a letter). But the government has to pay its bills.

Shutting down the government hurts millions of working Americans, the same people Republicans pretend to care about yet constantly hold hostage to cut spending on programs those same working people care about. Guess who’s going to get hurt if Republicans get their way and bring cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Funny thing: Republicans didn’t talk about cutting Social Security and Medicare during the campaigns for the midterms. It’s like how didn’t tell us they would try to ban abortion after winning the House.

Republicans are liars. They claim to care about the national debt when they’re the party that spends the most. In Obama’s eight years, around $8 trillion was added to the debt. In Trump’s four years (which he only had because he lost his reelection like a big fat orange loser), nearly $7 trillion was added.

If Donald Trump had won reelection (which he didn’t because he lost like a big fat orange loser) or had won his insurrection (which he instigated because he’s a white nationalist terrorist), imagine how much the debt would have increased. The last Republican president to actually cut spending was Eisenhower. President Bill Clinton left a surplus that George W. destroyed by financing two wars with tax cuts. The rate of spending decreased under President Obama despite the fact he inherited those two wars and still cut taxes for the middle class. Donald Trump increased the rate of spending dramatically by giving himself a tax cut. He was already only paying around $700 a year in taxes, but felt that was too much.

And if Donald Trump had won reelection (which he didn’t because he lost like a big fat orange loser), Republicans today wouldn’t be refusing to raise the debt ceiling. Fact, fact, fuckity, fact, fact.

Facebook Suspension Update: My suspension is over and I want to thank everyone who shared my cartoons, blogs, and videos on the platform during my absence. Since I only had about ten days between 30-day suspensions, some of my readers are talking about having a pool on how long until my next suspension.

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Smoking In The Goons Room


It seems like the point of most Republican initiatives is to be an asshole. But then again, racists are assholes. Republicans believe stuff like dropping immigrants off without advance notice in sanctuary states is hilarious, and “owning the libs.” But using human refugees as pawns for a political stunt is a dick move. And if you really wanna be an asshole, a surefire way to do that is to blow smoke in someone’s face. Republicans always do that figuratively but now in the House of Representatives, they’ll be doing it literally.

I hate smoking. Yes, I’m a former smoker and I know that if I smoked even one today that it would make me hack and become physically nauseous…and I’d probably finish the cigarette then go to 7/11 and buy a carton of Camel Blues. Although I hate smoking and the smell of it, tasting it would probably feel like discovering the sweet nectar that’s been missing from that one empty spot deep within my soul. Oh, mama. This is why I have not even taken a drag since I quit in November 2019.

But I do think they stink. And since I’m a former smoker, they stink more to me than they do to people who never smoked. Former smokers are the worst. What really grinds my gears is that each time I smell cigarettes on someone, I know that’s how others used to smell me. Ya see, smokers don’t smell the smoke on their bodies and clothing. Oddly enough, even though I hate the smell, I can hang out with friends in a smoking bar (we still have a few here that found loopholes in the smoking-ban law) and it really doesn’t bother me until I get home and smell it on my clothes. I don’t have urges to pick it up again.

I can smell a burning cigarette from 50 feet or so. When I caught Covid-19 in 2020, what made me realize I needed to be tested was when I walked within 50 feet of some smokers and couldn’t smell it.

And now if you walk into the halls of the House side of Congress, you may come out smelling like an old man bar. Those are the worst. Old man bars are worst because old fucks tend to smoke generic cigarettes and trust me, there’s a difference in the funk from a name-brand cigarette. Smokers will back me up on this.

When Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House in 2007, she banned smoking in the Capitol though it was still allowed in representatives’ offices (most of those are in office buildings, not the Capitol building itself). John Boehner was such a heavy smoker, that when Paul Ryan replaced him, the walls of the Speaker’s had to be repainted and the carpet and curtains replaced because of the stink. Nobody wants to smell like John Boehner.

Smoking is banned indoors in Washington, D.C. In fact, when I quit smoking, I planned for it to coincide with a week I was to attend a conference in the district. It can be difficult to smoke in Washington. But the ban doesn’t extend to the Capitol, which makes its own laws.

In the 1990s, President Bill Clinton banned smoking in all federal buildings that fell under the jurisdiction of the Executive Branch, which doesn’t affect the Legislative or Judicial branches. And now half of Congress will be smoke-filled again.

For comparison, the Senate side of the Capitol building banned smoking way back in 1914. House Speaker James Blaine of Maine banned smoking on the House floor and galleries, only while in session, 150 years ago. James Blaine of Maine had to be a pain and told smokers to refrain from exhuming the toxins that remain which they probably also did on trains. Sorry.

Kevin McCarthy’s House of Representatives has now banned the smoking ban. This is a move to “own the libs” because it’s something Pelosi instituted and a lot of Republicans look at smoking bans as an attack on their freedom to give nonsmokers second-hand lung cancer. Also, it’s another way to be an asshole. Fun, fun, fun, whee.

Ursula Perano, a reporter who covers Congress for The Daily Beast tweeted, “There has indeed been some cigar hotboxing happening in a certain Rules Committee chairman’s office, which is nearby the House press gallery. And the smell is…… strong.” She was backed up by Reuters’ Patricia Zengerle.

Ugh, cigars. If you really wanna go the extra mile and prove you’re an inconsiderate asshole, smoke a cigar in public. Even when I was a smoker, I would leave an establishment because of cigar stench. Ew. Just the thought of it now and….hold on. BLEAAAAAAAGH!!!!

Pipes can be different. The smell from a pipe is typically kinda sweet and even some nonsmokers can find it somewhat pleasant. My first editor was a pipe smoker and his office was next to mine, yet the smell never bothered me. I kinda liked it. It didn’t make me want to smoke a pipe (could you see me with a pipe?), but it was OK.

But the one true reason for the House repealing the smoking ban is to show just how regressive they plan to be. This is an indicator. Also, it defies science which Republicans hate. But even with the smoking ban, there was still smoke coming from Republicans. Liar liar, pants on fire… everything they do is based on a lie. I told someone yesterday that I haven’t heard an argument from a Republican since 2015 that didn’t contain a lie.

What’s stinkier in Congress? A Republican cigar or George Santo’s lying pants?

Creative note: Yesterday’s blog was partly about political cartoonists who trace. Before drawing this, I looked at some other cartoons of the Capitol and could tell that a lot of those were traced. There’s one political cartoonist who’s a tracer, but he never “draws” the same subject twice. He’ll trace it once and then recycle it in later cartoons. Obviously, my version here was not traced and I don’t think it actually looks that much like the Capitol, but I liked it so I kept it.

Facebook Suspension Update: My suspension is over and I want to thank everyone who shared my cartoons, blogs, and videos on the platform during my absence. Since I only had about ten days between 30-day suspensions, some of my readers are talking about having a pool on how long until my next suspension.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Wanker Investigations


Prince Harry fled to the United States and did the most American thing one can do, publish a tell-all. Harry says that he hopes to repair his relationship with his family in the future, but you don’t do that by publishing a tell-all.

I’m not taking sides. I care about Harry versus Willy about as much as I cared about Jacob versus Edward. I’m disgusted that I can even know that reference.

I watched some of the Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan, but I didn’t watch the 60 Minutes or ITV interviews of Harry. I did read a couple of analyses of it, including this one by CNN. My greatest take from them is boo-hoo-hoo.

These royals are spoiled welfare babies who live in a bubble and will turn on each other for the slightest bit of good press in the tabloids. Drugged-out rock bands don’t turn on each other as badly as this for good press. According to Harry, his own father would leak damaging info about his two sons in order to gain sympathy from the public. Now, Harry is doing the same thing to gain sympathy from the public, and in order to do so, he’s dishing dirt on his father and brother.

Harry makes his father and brother look like jerks. He claims his brother physically assaulted him during an argument over press coverage of Meghan. He says his father didn’t hug him when he told him his mother, Diana, had died. He claims in his book, “Spare,” that his dad would joke that one of his mother’s lovers might be his real father.

My father told some revolting jokes to his children, but never anything as bad as, “Who knows if I’m even your real father? Maybe your real father is in Broadmoor, darling boy!” Of course, if my father had ever called me “darling boy,” then I’d start to suspect he wasn’t my father.

My main gripe over the coverage of the royals is the sexist treatment Meghan Markle receives. Maybe some of that is also by the royal family. But it’s sexist to blame her for the rift between Harry and his family. Yes, if you’ve shared a Yoko meme, you’re being sexist. Just like John Lennon was when the Beatles broke up, Harry is an adult and is responsible for his own decisions and actions. Blaming Meghan may also be racist.

I don’t really care that much about the royals, but there’s more meat to this than with Hunter Biden, who is not a royal. If the Tories in Parliament were as vile, horrifying, and stupid as the House Republicans, then they’d be starting investigations into Prince Harry as a distraction.

It’s a lot easier to politicize something for the noise it makes than it is to pass significant legislation. The House Republicans will prove this over the next two years because they’re going to make a lot of noise without passing anything that’ll make it through the Senate and land on the president’s desk. Matt Gaetz has already made an appeal for the cameras in the House chamber to be on 24/7.

On another note about families: Notice that Harry didn’t publish his book while his grandmother the queen was still alive. If he had, She probably would’ve kicked his ass.

Music note: I listened to The Pixies.

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Most Punchable Face In Washington


The most shocking thing about a congressman trying to punch Matt Gaetz in his ridiculous-looking face is that it’s the first time it’s ever happened…as far as we know. And I don’t find it surprising that the attempted puncher of the most punchable face in Washington was one of Gaetz’s fellow Republicans.

Honestly, maybe Gaetz doesn’t have the MOST punchable face in Washington. He has competition from Jim Jordan, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz. He even has stiff competition for the most punchable face in Florida from Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis.

Republicans typically behave like dehumanized troglodytes but when I see one try to physically assault Matt Gaetz, it makes me think that maybe there is some humanity in that person. And if you stayed up late Friday night, that’s what you saw… a Republican tried to attack Matt Gaetz. The greatest mystery here is, why did another Republican hold him back?

Matt Gaetz is a pathetic vile troll who tries to derail the government for attention when he’s not busy showing off naked photos of all the girls he claims he’s had sex with. If anything, the Department of Justice should have slapped Gaetz with an indictment for taking teen girls across state lines for sex.

I have two questions for you: Who do you believe has the most punchable face in Washington and, how much would you pay to slap the taste out of Matt Gaetz’s mouth?

Facebook Suspension Update: There are 4 days left (ooh, we’re getting closer), so it says, in my Facebook suspension for typing the word “Taliban.” Quannah had a countdown clock for it, but it broke.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Liars, Speakers, and Swearers


Yes, I stayed up all night to watch Kevin McCarthy finally become the Speaker of the House after 15 ballots. One thing that’s for certain is that McCarthy enters the office as the weakest Speaker in House history.

There are actually a lot of certainties with this, one being that the Goon Caucus or Chaos Caucus which consisted of nihilists like Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs, Bob Good, Scott Perry, Chip Roy, and Eli Crane are not people of principles or who keep their word. They’re all liars who were inconsistent throughout the entire ordeal. Each of them promised they’d never vote for Kevin McCarthy and described themselves as “Never Kevins,” but each of them eventually supported Kevin McCarthy. And yeah, a vote for Present was a vote for McCarthy. But then again, we also saw a bunch of so-called Never Trumpers become Trumpers.

Some members of the Goon Squad kept changing who they’d vote for. Gaetz voted for Jim Jordan, Donald Trump, and Present throughout the process. Someone eventually tried to literally kick his ass which would have been the most positive outcome in all of this. We’ll never know for sure if Matt Gaetz has a punchable face if people keep holding back the people trying to punch him. Sheesh.

Since there wasn’t actually a plan to replace McCarthy with another candidate, the obvious object was to hold the process hostage to make deals. Now, the party that demands transparency needs to be transparent and tell us every side deal Kevin McCarthy made for votes. He said he didn’t promise the chairmanship of a subcommittee to Matt Gaetz, who seemed to change his vote immediately after the attempted assault, but we all know that since Kevin McCarthy is a flake and a Republican, he is a liar. Why did he give Gaetz a pat on the back shortly before the final ballot?

So maybe Republicans should have just elected lying George Santos as Speaker because Kevin McCarthy started his speech after winning the speakership by lying.

He talked about ending the woke culture in schools, stopping the politicization of the FBI, and revoking a passed bill authorizing the hiring of more IRS agents. McCarthy started his tenure as Speaker lying and gaslighting America and also assuring us that he’s only going to fight for the rich and powerful. What do you think that IRS thing is about?

Already he’s writing checks his ass can’t cash, and it’s not a stolen Brazilian check from George Santos. This House with a Republican majority that needed 15 ballots to finally elect a Speaker, weakening him in the process, will not accomplish anything significant over the next two years. Every bill they try to pass will be held hostage by the Goon Squad who will demand trades and deals for their votes. And I don’t think McCarthy has anything left to trade. Because of the narrow majority, they will need those votes. Matt Gaetz has shown us how the next two years are going to go. And even if they manage to pass anything, it has to get through the Senate which has a Democratic majority. And even then, it has to get past President Joe Biden, who’s not going to sign any bullshit bills from this House. What are they going to pass, a law that bans wokeness in schools? All this House is going to do for the next two years is conduct bullshit investigations that will go nowhere, but may succeed in demonizing their political opponents.

I have two predictions. Kevin McCarthy won’t last two years and at the end of that, Republicans still won’t have produced anything solid from Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Facebook Suspension Update: There are5 days left (ooh, we’re getting closer), so it says, in my Facebook suspension for typing the word “Taliban.” Quannah had a countdown clock for it, but it broke.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Poo-Flinging Caucus


Anytime I hear someone on a news show use an analogy or metaphor to describe an issue, that rules out my using the metaphor in a cartoon. During the Republican primaries in 2016, I may have been the only cartoonist in the country who didn’t draw a clown car. Chris Wallace used the term about 15 times a night, so I knew it was played out if that guy was using it.

“Clown car” has come back to describe Kevin McCarthy’s failed attempt (so far) to be Speaker of the House, losing six votes so far (as of this writing). Other terms being used and my ruling them out for a cartoon is “popcorn,” as in Democrats eating popcorn while watching the Republicans destroy themselves, and “Groundhog Day,” a reference to the movie as in the same day being repeated over and over. I’ve seen the popcorn metaphor in a cartoon and a few memes (which also rules it out for me) and I expect to see Groundhog Day in a cartoon before the day is out. It is too bad that Groundhog day is about a month away. Can you imagine how many of those we’d be seeing in relation to McCarthy if it wasn’t?

So, I try to avoid tropes used by the Talking Heads on TV because they are not the most original or insightful people talking about current events (Ironically, the band Talking Heads was very unique and original. Go figure). But, one analogy I haven’t heard them use yet is “poo-flinging monkeys.”

Since I can’t use “shit show,” I’m going with “poo-flinging monkeys.” I’ve actually used the term at least once before to describe members of the so-called Freedom Caucus.

Referring to the likes of Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs, Bob Good, Scott Perry, Chip Roy, and Eli Crane (no goon squad is complete with a Chip and an Eli) as “poo-flinging monkeys” is fair, not that a political cartoonist has to be fair.

The reason it’s fair is that these poo-flinging monkeys don’t have a plan beyond preventing McCarthy from becoming Speaker. The evidence of that is one day they’re all voting for Jim Jordan and the next day they all voted for Byron Donalds. The only objective is to destroy, make a lot of noise, get a lot of attention, all while laughing maniacally.

In the “Dark Knight,” Batman is trying to figure out what the Joker wants. What’s his goal? What’s his objective? What makes the Joker tick? But Alfred pointed out that Bruce (spoiler alert: Bruce is Batman) has never dealt with a person like the Joker before because “some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

The Joker might be a psychopathic genius, but the poo-flingers in the House are just psychopathic. There was intelligence to the Joker. There’s nothing intelligent coming from Lauren Boebert or Matt Gaetz. Please.

The poo-flinging monkeys, who I think are being led by Matt Gaetz, which tells us everything we need to know about them, are not people to be reasoned with. You can’t negotiate with them and right now, Kevin McCarthy is trying to negotiate with terrorists.

The poo-flingers’ demands keep changing. And no, getting rid of the ethics watchdog in Congress isn’t a sticking point because all the Republicans want that gone. One of the stipulations the poo-fingers are demanding is that any one member at any time can call for the removal of the Speaker of the House. This is terrorism. That means that the Speaker, whoever that is, has to constantly live with the fear of being removed. There should be a higher standard to call for the Speaker’s removal, no matter who that Speaker is.

Another demand is personal and has nothing to do with House procedures. The poo-flingers are demanding that McCarthy, and probably the GOP establishment, stay out of Republican congressional primaries. Last year we saw panties-wearing goon Madison Cawthorn (who was almost as big of a liar as George Santos) defeated in a primary after the GOP establishment supported his opponent. The goons want more goons in the House.

The poo-flingers are not responsible people and if at least five of them stick to never voting for McCarthy, then McCarthy will never be Speaker of the House and these multiple attempts to elect him are a waste of time. As bad as the goons are, the entire GOP majority is a trainwreck waiting to happen…if it hasn’t already (see? Another metaphor. Quick, somebody draw a cliff!). Not only are repeated nominations of McCarthy a waste of time, negotiating with the poo-flingers is a waste of time.

The New York Times published a piece on how far right the poo-flingers are and 12 of the 20 are election deniers, believing Trump won. Most were endorsed by Trump. Nearly half objected to certifying the 2020 presidential election. Nearly half are from Arizona, Texas, and wait for it…Florida.

You can’t reason with people like Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, and Paul Gosar. It’s like negotiating with terrorists because as soon as you have a deal, they’ll hold you hostage again.

Some men, women, swamp things, and poo-flingers just want to watch the world burn.

Update on the Groundhog Day concept: Told ya. But then again, this is one the laziest in the business. Oh, and here’s a new clown car.

Music note: I listened to the Meat Puppets, Hüsker Dü, and the Screaming Trees

Facebook Suspension Update: There are 7 days left (I forgot to update this part over the past few days), so it says, in my Facebook suspension for typing the word “Taliban.” Quannah had a countdown clock for it, but it broke.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Laptop Strikes Again


Yes, I dropped this joke in a blog two days ago, and I liked it. I was worried another cartoonist would steal it, but I posted it on a Friday and most cartoonists don’t work weekends, especially holiday weekends.

Do not expect the Republican-controlled House to accomplish much, if anything, for the next two years. You can’t take a party seriously when they give the chair of a committee to a lying asswipe goon like Jim Jordan whose face is still embedded between the orange buttcheeks of Donald Trump. This is a guy who helped Donald Trump commit sedition and a coup attempt and got caught lying his treasonous balls off about it, and now he’s the one who’s going to try to get to the bottom of a supposed crime? As Sarah Marshall said in the excellent movie, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.”

You also can’t take these people seriously when goons like high-school dropout Lauren Boebert, prom-dating Matt Gaetz, and white nationalist terrorist enthusiast Marjorie Taylor Greene are among its members who the party circles the wagons around to protect.

And, you can’t take them seriously when they don’t do anything about incoming freshman liar George Santos. Remember, the Democrats forced out Al Franken for a decades-old joke.

Republicans are not good at multitasking. They can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. The likes of each of those mentioned above have made it clear that they intend to spend the next two years using their majority to lie, gaslight, and smear their political enemies over a conspiracy theory.

Seriously, the only person who’s going to accomplish anything with a GOP majority for the next two years is, well…me.

Happy new year.

Music note: I tried to listen to the new Bush album.

Facebook Suspension Update: There are 11 days left, so it says, in my Facebook suspension for typing the word “Taliban.” Quannah had a countdown clock for it, but it broke.

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Read The Room


One thing that President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to the White House and address to a joint session of Congress did yesterday was help the anti-democratic pro-Putin fascists expose themselves.

Sure, they’ve been doing this for a while, but we got to see seven Republicans sit on their hands for the majority of Zelensky’s speech yesterday. These GOP goons were Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, Andrew Clyde, Diana Harshbarger, Warren Davidson, and Michael Cloud. What did they disagree with about Zelensky’s pro-democracy speech?

The truth is, they don’t want to support someone who opposes Putin, but they don’t want to come out directly and praise Putin, except for Trump, who called Putin a “genius” for his invasion of Ukraine. What they try to do is disguise it.

Kevin McCarthy tried to disguise it by pretending to be a fiscal conservative, which he’s not. He said after the GOP takes over the House in the next session, that there will be no more “blank checks” for Ukraine. Lauren Boebert howled about sending $47 billion to Ukraine and attacked Mitch McConnell for his support. The $47 billion is the Republican’s number, and not all of it is going to Ukraine.

Donald Trump Jr, who inherited everything he has, attacked President Zelensky and called him a “welfare queen.” He probably would have said the same thing if he was around when we were sending military support to the UK and Winston Churchill to fight Hitler and the Nazis.

A pro-Putin fascist with a bought blue checkmark tweeted conspiracy theories at me this morning that was created by Putin. He also accused Zelensky of being a “warmonger” even though it was Russia that invaded Ukraine, not the other way around.

Marjorie Taylor Greene has consistently opposed supporting Ukraine stating, “It’s not our responsibility to give Zelensky and the Ukrainian people false hope about a war they cannot win,” although they are winning. She also claimed that Democrats care more about Ukraine’s border than our southern border with Mexico as if Mexicans are bombing U.S. churches, schools, and daycare centers.

Ted Rall, an American cartoonist who “draws” for Putin, claims Ukraine is corrupt while ignoring Russian corruption and that nation’s fascism. He also spreads lies that President Biden is taking bribes, which Republicans also spread.

Another pro-Putin cartoonist, Gary McCoy, posted outrage on Facebook that we’re sending $44 billion to Ukraine while antibiotics are being rationed at Walgreens. Somehow in the MAGAt mind, there’s a correlation there.

Other MAGAts are crying that our supply of weapons is dwindling because we’re sending it all to Ukraine. We spend over $800 billion a year on our military so I think we’re going to be OK. We have warehouses and stockpiles of military supplies that will never be used. Others cry that this is padding the pockets of the military-industrial complex. Again, we spend over $800 billion a year. Now you’re concerned about enriching the industry that manufactures weapons?

And then there’s the complaint that the money we send to Ukraine isn’t being accounted for. I don’t know where this one comes from because from all appearances, it seems Ukraine is putting it to great use, proven by the fact Russia hasn’t won the war and Ukraine is actually retaking territory. For me, watching Russia retreat is our audit.

Here’s the thing, goons: Sending money to Ukraine to fight Russia is money well spent. Russia is our enemy and we’re not fighting them. We’re not sending troops. Instead, Ukraine is inflicting a beating on our greatest enemy and weakening it for future conflicts. Russia is a nation that continues to attack us in an attempt to destroy our democracy. They worked to put a pro-fascist racist goon into the White House. They have it coming. I don’t know if $47 billion is enough.

I’m going to continue to support Ukraine because supporting its war against Russia is pro-America. Those who support Putin and Russia are anti-American. They are the enemies of this nation and democracy.

I stand with Ukraine. Go, Ukraine!

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Nancy’s Replacement


Nancy Pelosi stepped down from being the leader of House Democrats citing it’s time for younger leadership, and she wasn’t kidding. Yesterday, 52-year-old Hakeem Jeffries, a representative whose district includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens, became the party’s new leader in the House. And if you think 52 is old, get off my blog. Not only is he the first black person to lead any party in Congress, but he’s also the first born after World War II to lead the House Democrats. Jeffries’ next goal is to be Speaker in the next two years.

There was a lot of speculation with Pelosi stepping down that Republicans will struggle to find a booger monster, a new person to vilify, a new person to gaslight and scare their base with. I wasn’t that worried.

Republicans have been using Pelosi as campaign fodder for over two decades, but why should they stop now just because she’s stepping down from leadership? They’re still using Hillary Clinton as a villain. They’re still using President Obama. Hell, they’re still using Michelle Obama. Are they still blaming her for making children eat vegetables?

And keep in mind, they still have Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Oh no! She’s gonna ban hamburgers!), Ilhan Omar (Oh no…she hates Jews almost as much as Donald Trump’s lunch companions!), and Kamala Harris (Oh no! She’s a black woman!). But as for the new guy, Republicans may struggle to lie and gaslight the guy.

Sure, they tell their supporters that all Democrats, including President Biden, are in favor of defunding the police despite it not being true, and that Critical Race Theory is being mandated in schools and the Green New Deal is destroying the economy, even though neither CRT nor GND actually exist in any schools or passed legislation. They can always fall back on “woke” again even though not one Republican in the nation can tell you what it is. It’s like Hunter’s laptop.

They’ll also have a difficult time finding a foothold to vilify Jeffries because he’s not their favorite type of target. You know, female. He is black and that’s helpful if your aim is to scare white conservatives, but it’d be so much easier if he had a vagina. They’re gonna have to come up with some shit like they did with President Obama, like pointing out he has a funny name and lie that he’s a Muslim. Avoid gray suits and Dijon mustard on hamburgers, Hakeem. They’ll use anything.

Like with Obama, Republicans are going to have a tough time hitting Jeffries because he’s a genuinely nice guy who’s scandal-free. It’s not like he has five kids with three wives and ran fake charities and universities while claiming he can sexually assault women because he’s famous. He was born in Brooklyn but maybe Republicans can start demanding to see his birth certificate while claiming he was born in Djibouti.

The trick with the GOP base isn’t an actual trick at all. You just have to make an accusation once and after Hannity or Tucker says it, it becomes “fact” to the Yee-Haw base. I mean, how did they manage to sell that Biden liking ice cream means something evil? Bwahahahahaha ice cream. Yeah, I don’t get it.

I think Democrats made a great pick by selecting Hakeem Jeffries to be their next House leader as he’s proven he can count votes and has been for the past several years to attain this position. The other reason he’s a great pick is that he’s clean, as in the GOP will have to make up some serious bullshit to vilify the guy. The liberal faction in the House believes Jeffries is a moderate. How are they going to paint him as being a radical liberal when the radical liberals will reply, “Yeah, we wish”?

Maybe they can make up something about him exposing himself to teenage girls at bowling alleys, oh wait. That’s Lauren Boebert’s husband. Maybe they can say he didn’t graduate high school and never went to college…oh wait, That’s Lauren Boebert.

Music Note: I listened to Them Crooked Vultures.

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Big Fat Nothings


Republicans campaigned for the midterms promising to fight crime, inflation, the recession, open borders, and high gas prices. For all that, they won the House with an itty bitty tiny minuscule majority. Naturally, with a tiny majority, the GOP is on notice and needs to be productive at governing and producing significant legislation in order to retain power and perhaps even grow its majority in two years. To pass anything significant, they’ll need to compromise with Democrats. They’re not going to do that.

The Republicans are going to spend the next two years on partisan bullshit. They’re going to make a lot of noise over nothing. They’re going to repeat what they did with Benghazi. What did they do there? They conducted multiple investigations which were effective politically but that’s it. They didn’t prove any crimes or negligence…but they hurt Hillary Clinton.

Back in 2015 just as the race for the presidency was beginning, Kevin McCarthy told Sean Hannity, “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought.”

The GOP had the majority in the House then and McCarthy was the second goon in command. He openly admitted the entire reason for the Benghazi investigation was to hurt Hillary Clinton. That’s it. They didn’t produce any results and the GOP was lousy at legislating, but boy, could they investigate the shit out of nothing. That investigation cost you $7 million. Thanks, fiscal conservatives.

Also, remember McCarthy is the same goon who cries that the select committee investigating the insurrection is partisan and political.

Now, they’re going to investigate Hunter Biden. They’ve been barking nonstop over the past two years about Hunter Biden’s laptop without producing anything significant. Again, what’s on Hunter’s laptop? They couldn’t tell you. And in two more years, after they’ve spent millions investigating Hunter, they still won’t be able to tell you. That’s my prediction and I feel pretty confident about it.

And if Republicans actually cared about corruption, they’d investigate Trump making money from foreign governments while he was in office. They’d investigate why Saudi Arabia gave Jared $2 billion after he left the White House. Instead, they’re going to investigate the Justice Department for investigating actual crimes Donald Trump committed. Which crimes? Take your pick. There are several.

They’re going to make a lot of noise about the military withdrawal from Afghanistan while ignoring it was an agreement Trump negotiated with the Taliban. In two years, we’ll be right where we are today.

It’ll be the same way with Dr. Fauci, Merrick Garland, the border, and whatever other bullshit they can come up with. Republican success with these investigations won’t be any change in policies, legislation, impeachments, or even by providing Americans with answers. Success for them will be if they can convince Americans that Joe Biden is bad, even if they can’t tell you why. They did it with Hillary. Why is Hillary bad? We don’t know but we got decades of Republicans telling us she is so it must be true, right?

For the next two years, Republicans will be giving us nothing but gaslighting. They have the majority which gives them the power to set the agenda and issue subpoenas, which might be awkward after spending the past two years telling the public to ignore congressional subpoenas.

I hope America pays attention. Inflation, high gas prices, crime, the recession, the borders? Republicans don’t solve legitimate problems. Remember this in two years. In two years, tell me what the GOP House majority accomplished. I can jump ahead and tell you now.

Nothing.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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